TING Chaong-Wen is a multi-media artist who creates spatial installations with images, video and sound. His works are often inspired by personal experiences and often include prefabricated objects that become part of a specific historical narrative in the exhibition context. By deconstructing, interpreting and reinterpreting our collective history, he explores prevailing values and historical conflicts resulting from, for example, colonialism or migration. TING explores cultural collective memory and their cross-border significance and finds surprising and innovative ways to make their relevance to society tangible.
“I think about how materials can disrupt the flow to a made-up storyline, or to break the boundaries between different annotations of history. The artwork does not tell the story actively-rather, the story exists in every part of the artwork when displayed. Each object is an unique script, containing clues from a variety of subjects (art, industry, urban planning, politics, and economy). The inherent qualities of the artwork become a means to convey. No proposition or critique of history is made, and no borrowed or transference of definition is suggested through the artwork. Instead, the composition within materials directly references spirituality and culture, whereas the artwork introduces elements of uncertainty, unpredictability, and fluidity to the material.”
Recent exhibitions include DICHOTOMIA, 107 Gallery, Taichung, 2016; NAKANOJO BIENNALE 2015, Tomizawa House, Gunma, 2015; SPECULATIVE DUST, Corner Art Space, Seoul, 2015; LIGHT INTERDICTION, PS ART SPACE, Fremantle, 2015; Retina of the Unconscious, inCube Arts SPACE, New York, 2015. His artist-in-residence projects include Seoul Art Space, Geumcheon, 2015; Artspace, Sydney, 2014; Shiro Oni Studio Arts Residency Program, Japan, 2014; Asialink's Arts Residency Program, Fremantle, 2014; S-AIR Artist-In-Residence Programme /Sapporo2™ Project, Sapporo, 2013; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2010.